Blue Spring

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Critic Reviews for Blue Spring

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2)

  • the punkish Blue Spring shows male coming of age not just in all its competitive belligerence, but also in its boredom, its directionless and its disenchanted resignation. In the end, only some of the kids will be alright.

    May 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Toshiaki Toyoda directs a film concerning the issues of adolescent life; however, both his characters and the general situation are extreme in their conception, thus making the film stand apart from similar movies

    December 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 20, 2014
    Toyoda's bleak, fierce and rebellious essay about high-school youth is one stylish delivery that marks Toyoda's comeback to straightforward moviemaking after a documentary effort. Maybe the first concern that people will face when stumbling upon this underknown gem is the suspension of disbelief it requires for buying this hypothetically anarchich high-school environment, where teachers are unrealistically permissive and even run away from the students for their own safety, where there is not enough security looking after the <b>crimes</b> committed in this space, where "education" seems to be ridiculously banal. But remember: it is surreal. All essays dealing with contemporary problems (not only about youth, but about any topic of social relevance) can allow themselves to be unrealistic and unconventional sometimes to deliver a message in a stronger way. So remember, it is a surreal examination of a hypothetically anarchic environment and, moreover, it is based on a manga. I found about the latter after finishing the film, but indeed, while I was watching it (and ergo before I knew it was based on a manga), I wondered how this would have come across or received if made in anime form. It has all the bizarre trademarks for bringing a realistic setting unrealistically, so imagining this as an anime feature, with its potential success, is not hard at all. So why am I using the word "hypothetically" too much? Because of the "suppose that..." game we are invited to play: Suppose that we take the real problems of youth nowadays and transmit them to a school. Suppose, however, that adults don't matter, students are not asked to be disciplined pervasively enough, and internal security is not existent. To what extent, therefore, could the behavioral tendencies of youth evolve if given more liberties, that is, if granted more permissions? Toyoda directs this violent and weird hypothesis about a possible answer, which can be interpreted either as a wake-up call for both young and adult generations (their parents), or as a symbolic tale about any oppressive form of government, where rulers are worshipped and followed with fundamentalist loyalty, and base their ruling period with an iron-fist type of imposition. Of course, the internal conflicts are not excluded, including a follower that decides to rebel against the present ruler for overthrowing him. The fantastic final act convinced me of the final rating, where we learn that everything that cannot blossom is destined to remain dead, as in a flower. We learn this reflection from the only adult that actually has a relevance plotwise... and this adult happens to be a dwarf. But does this rule apply deterministically against humanity as well? Or is a human being capable of changing? Can light be originated in the middle of darkness? 97/100 P.S. It is impactful the degree to which the film manages that you care about the characters each new minute. That's something hard to achieve.
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  • Oct 15, 2008
    Enjoyed this, in-school yakuza, takes bullying to an entire different level! I loved the soundtrack by the way, fits the movie perfectly.
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2008
    Coming-of-age dark tale.Now what's the importance around this 'hood?Toyoda describes in a very simple way the daily school upbringing of a bunch of neo-slackers and offers a primitive affiliation to their environment.A great film all in all.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2008
    Based on the fantastic manga, this is a gritty, surreal and downbeat film about high school. Saw this on Sept. 12, 2001 and unfortunately there was a plane in the film that the audience couldn't seem to get past, I'm sure everyone was thinking about very recent events, very understandable, but the Q&A was more about the plane than about the movie. These are probably the same people who watch TMZ nowadays.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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